Create dangerous-ly, 2023 by Alberta Whittle is an exclusive limited-edition screen print created for the National Galleries of Scotland to accompany Alberta Whittle | create dangerously on show at Modern One from Sat 1 Apr 2023 - Sun 7 Jan 2024.
34 x 46.5cm screen print with copper and pink lettering on Somerset Satin 300gsm paper. 30 prints have been produced, signed, and numbered by the artist.
Alberta is inspired by Create Dangerously: the immigrant artist at work (2010) written by Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat (born 1969). Danticat writes that, ‘There are many possible interpretations of what it means to create dangerously … it is creating as a revolt against silence, creating when both the creation and the reception, the writing and the reading, are dangerous undertakings…’ Danticat acknowledges the lecture ‘Create Dangerously’ (1957) by French-Algerian author Albert Camus (1913-1960).
Alberta Whittle: create dangerously is an immersive exhibition which invites you to slow down and pause. At the heart of Alberta’s solo show is her generous spirit which promotes compassion and collective care as means of resisting racism and anti-Blackness.
Alberta was born in 1980 in Bridgetown, Barbados, and she lives and works in Glasgow. After studying tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art, she completed a Masters degree at Glasgow School of Art. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh, and Research Associate at The University of Johannesburg in South Africa. In 2022 Alberta represented Scotland at the international festival of the 59th Venice Biennale, commissioned by the Scotland+Venice partnership.
Additional images: Alberta Whittle during production of Create dangerous-ly editions at Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio. Photography: Courtesy Dundee Contemporary Arts.